By Guest Blogger Paisley Hansen
About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in fleece fabric and beauty. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book.
Be honest with yourself, how long has that basket of rags and fabric scraps been sitting with your craft and sewing stuff? If you are anything like me, you have probably been collecting enough fabric over the years to reupholster an entire mansion. That is, if you could do that using just scraps. Well, you may not be able reupholster your house, but there are plenty of things that you can create to make use of your leftover fabric scraps. Here are 10 neat ideas.
If you have a lot of scraps, one way to use up just about all of them is to make a rag quilt. This might turn into quite the project, but you can watch tutorials such as this one online to help you out.
If you have a lot of leftover or cheap fleece fabric, you can easily make it into a blanket by cutting tassels around the edge. Tie a knot in each one to give it a more finished look.
If all you have are a lot of smaller scraps, you can make them into a wreath for your door. All you have to do is use a metal coat hanger, and bend it in whichever shape you desire. Then cut the fabric into smaller strips, and tie them around the hanger using a cow hitch knot for each.
It would be a shame to use nice fabric for cleaning, but if you have random scraps of old, useless material, or it is ruined for whatever reason, they make good cleaning rags.
Have you ever seen the maps of the United States, made from license plates? A cute idea for a family home can be to do the same thing, but with fabric scraps. You can either cut the states out and stick them on cardboard for your wall, or you can sew them together and mount them on a canvas.
If you want to try canning, scraps can be a cute way to brighten up jars. Secure a small square of fabric over the lid with a rubber band.
Flip Flop Redesign
A fun way to use old scraps can be to redesign old flip flops for a new season. Make sure that you use strong glue.
There are a lot of creative ways to weave bracelets using strips of fabric, for use as a friendship bracelet, or simply a fashion statement. One good way can be viewed here, along with a step-by-step.
For the avid sewer, a pincushion might just be the perfect way to use your scraps. There are a number of different ways to make one, in fact, here are just 10.
For your dog that likes to destroy your furniture and clothes, why not give them something that they can destroy? Some fabric might be fine as it is, but here is a step-by-step guide to make a fun little toy for your canine friend.